Our member Kent wanted me to mention this for safety reasons:
With Christmas approaching if you find it noteworthy could you mention to watch out for the toys and furniture
purchased, and even existing items and make sure there are no issues. The reason I mention this as I recently
noticed a staple on the "Cat Condo" sticking out. Over time he must have worked it loose and it would have been
very painful to have jumped on a one inch staple sticking straight up.
This is definitely good advice because I’ve had that happen once as well so make sure to check your cat
products of all kinds.

I want to give you all the entire email letter one of our members received from her vet because the way this vet
practice presents this test is really kind of appalling in that it cannot do what it claims!

Dear Cat Practice Clients,
In an effort to provide you with the most up-to-date and AFFORDABLE feline care, The Cat Practice wants to
inform you of a new test that can significantly guard your feline family member’s health…specifically your cat’s

A new blood test has been developed and is now available at The Cat Practice. It’s called the Cardiopet pro-
BNP and detects diseased heart muscle. This test looks for a chemical that is released by abnormal cardiac
muscle. This information is significant because heart disease is one of the leading causes of unexpected and
acute deaths in our feline pets. And, it is often without symptoms---we don’t know our cat’s heart is sick until it’s
too late. Many cats regardless of age have this hidden disease. Now, we can get a jump on early detection and

The Cardiopet pro-BNP test is a simple, quick and painless blood test. This test is appropriate for cats of all
ages, and is recommended for all cats undergoing surgical procedures. The Cat Practice is discounting the cost
of this test to make it affordable and easy for EVERYONE to check their cats for heart disease. The normal price
of this test is $62.50; for December ONLY, we are discounting it to $40.00. Please call The Cat Practice and set
up an appointment to have the Cardiopet pro-BNP test done. It may be one of the most important preventative
medicine tests you can do for your cat. And, this is why we want you to know about it.
Sincerely, Your Cat Practice Team

After my member asked me about this I emailed the info to Dr. Barb and this is what she had to say:

My vet did not feel it had much value at all in that it really isn't a good screening test for asymptomatic cats
without murmurs, and by the time it becomes positive from cardiac disease, they should have some sign or
symptom that should also make you think cardiac. He was kind of disgusted with the big marketing push by the
company that came up with it. It has A LOT of false positives in that other organs can produce it, for example
people with renal failure will have sky-high BNPs, so that is why you wouldn't just screen every cat for it, you're
going to get a lot of false positives which will lead to a lot of unnecessary testing. Whoever sent you that
marketing ploy should print out the article from JFMS and bring it to the vet.  This is terrible on two grounds; it
will almost always miss mild-moderate HCM and give false reassurance and possibly lead to not getting a proper
work-up (ie, echo), or, if false positive, leads to unnecessary anxiety and expense. By the time the test is reliably
positive, there are other signs and symptoms that should in themselves be diagnostic of congestive heart
failure/HCM. I'd be leery of anything that vet recommends after getting this. It also may be that they've been
snowed by the reps from IDEXX and haven't done their own research into the limitations of the test. It was
originally developed for people to help differentiate if shortness of breath is due to pulmonary or cardiac causes.
It's most useful when it's negative to rule out cardiac, positives not so exacting, and there's a lot of gray zone
where it only tells you there may be something cardiac, more work-up needed, which isn't anything you didn't
already know. Anyone who goes to the ER and mentions any symptom involving breathing will get a BNP.

I also have a PDF that she received from someone else STATING that this test is unreliable and not worth the
time or money. If your vet ever mentions this tests, print out that PDF and let them know that until it’s proven
reliable, it’s a NO-GO! (please email me if you'd like a copy of the PDF file, I'll be happy to email you a copy).

Speaking of the good old FDA, this falls under the “things that make you say GROSS” topic:
A second chance for faulty food? FDA calls it 'reconditioning'

Helping pets age gracefully

Sounding off about oral cancer
research looks into treatments to help beat this painful disease  

This is for people but OH MOMMA this would be so great if we could use this for cats!!!
Investigational agent for chronic UTI successful in early study

I wanted to let you know about this flea treatment that is causing some major issues with pets. Linus’ mom Peggy
emailed me last night telling me that it burned his fur right off and it looked like a chemical burn. He acted fine but
within 24 hours it had this effect. So I googled it and found a forum where it’s caused the same issues, it’s called
Assurity. If you read the threads one person researched it and found it contains benzyl alcohol!!!
These are the links that person provided on that site and I wanted to copy them here for future use:

This one is a really tough one for me to tell you about. I’ve been sticking up for rice now for a long time only to
see this:
Reported in Juice, Now in Rice; Arsenic is Everywhere

This is really incredible!
In Israel, Declawing Your Cat Could Get You Jail Time
Israel to cat owners: Get your paws off their claws or go to prison — but only after paying a whopping
$20,000 fine.

I agree and nothing makes me more mad in the summer than to see people walking their dogs in front of my
flower garden and letting them go into it and poop, then NOT pick it up! I usually yell out to them that I have a
security camera hidden catching them, LOL. Which is not true but it works.
Dog Poop Poses Disease Risk: Scoop Fido's Feces While It's Still Fresh

Pet May Need a Veterinary Specialist

Good link! Thank you Gloria!
Just Days till Death - What to Do Immediately If Your Kitty Stops Eating

Here are some links about spinach I know some of you asked for some:

FDA Regulation of Pet food Labeling (which should be A LOT MORE STRICT than this)

Make life easier on your senior cat by providing extra litter boxes in various locations so she doesn't have far to
go when nature calls. Provide low-sided boxes for cats with limited mobility, and remove hoods from the boxes so
cats don't feel cramped. Keep nightlights on for cats with failing eyesight. If your cat's aim is no longer accurate,
place absorbent pads under and around the box to catch spills. Routinely check your cat's back area in case she
needs help cleaning there. Some elderly cats groom less or may dribble urine in their sleep, which can cause
scalding. Longhaired cats may have feces stuck to their fur, and will need help getting it removed. And most of
all, be patient and understanding. Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC, is a certified cat behavior consultant and author
of seven best-selling books. Her website is

Disturbing!!! If you ever have any pet food issues please report them to the pet food company immediately and
to the FDA at this address:

This is a good time to tell you also that this past week one of our members wrote to Purina to express her disgust
in how they brainwash the public into thinking their food is exactly what will make your cat healthy and happy.
The reply was very much what I expected and this is the paragraph that stood out for the both of us (thank you
Christina for writing to them and also for giving me this information):

Please know that you are correct, cats are carnivores. Keep in mind, a protein molecule is made up of a
combination of amino acids. The way the amino acids are arranged determines the nature of the protein.
Whether protein is obtained from plants or animals is not as critical as the balance of amino acids. There are 23
different amino acids. Eleven amino acids are considered essential to a cat's diet and ten are considered
essential to a dog's diet because the system of the cat and dog cannot manufacture these amino acids in large
enough quantities to maintain body functions. Animal products are excellent sources of protein, but plants also
contain valuable amino acids. Plant proteins, when combined with animal proteins or other plant proteins, can
provide the proper amino acid balance for every life stage of the cat and dog. The protein in Purina pet foods is
obtained from a combination of animal and plant sources.
Absolute colossal bull!!!! Cats need protein from MEAT!!!! There are many, many reasons for that one being
that you cannot acquire B12 from plant protein, it’s impossible! B12 needs to be supplemented through MEAT!
B12 is essential for absorbing nutrients! I’ve got more information on that issue on my B12 page if some of you
haven’t read it yet:

If Your Cat's Poop Reeks, It Could Be Parasites
Many parasites can cause intestinal woes, but the winners of the litterbox gross-out contest are the protozoa.
These single-celled nasties, the most common of which are giardia, cryptosporidium, coccidia, and toxoplasma,
often cause excruciatingly stinky diarrhea, the color and characteristics of which vary depending on the parasite.
Protozoa can be hard to detect with the standard test for intestinal parasites, but if your cat has long-standing,
foul-smelling diarrhea, it's worth asking your vet to dig a little deeper. Standard dewormers don't kill protozoa, so
your vet will need to prescribe special medication to treat the infestation.
by JaneA Kelley, Cat expert and animal communicator, Paws and Effect
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